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Painted oars or decals – which is best?

Time to sharpen up your oars Not only does it look cool, it also gives parents and other … read more

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Time to sharpen up your oars

Not only does it look cool, it also gives parents and other spectators on the sidelines a chance to actually know what boat they are looking at coming down the race course!  We’ll look at all the steps of doing basic oar paint jobs, and talk about some alternatives such as having them painted at the factory for you or just skipping the paint and using simple vinyl decals instead.

Whats best for the blade?

This part is kind of a matter of opinion, but you can take a look at the chart below and decide for yourself what will suit your club.  The colour coding is Green = super easy.  Red = super hard.  Yellow is in between.

rowing oar painting chart
Oar paint or stick on decal?

Jon Kotwicki wrote the chart and is an expert boatman from the RowIntel website.

Please make a donation to help him keep this excellent resource free.

Oar painting resources

Want to learn how to paint oars?  Here’s a list of helpful resources

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About Rebecca Caroe
Rebecca is the host of RowingChat podcast and is a masters athlete and coach. Passionate about helping others enjoy the sport as much as she does. View all posts from Rebecca Caroe

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